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Italian Art Gets Cozy Inside New SoHo Gallery

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A new art space in SoHo opening this weekend is celebrating Italian art in a unique way. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

When we think of great Italian art most people are familiar with the Italian renaissance, artists like Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Rafael. Well now 20th century art is having a renaissance of its own with the new Center for Italian Modern Art or CIMA.

"The idea came from the experience I had in states that many people don't know Italian art or never had the opportunity to see the real works," says CIMA Founder Laura Mattioli.

This first exhibition features works Laura Mattioli grew up with. Her father collected colorful works by Fortunato Depero. The futurist artist lived and worked in New York around 1930.

"Here we have his calling card from when he was here in New York City and it shows his futurist house in Chelsea where he was making paintings and posters and pillows and stage sets for the theater and advertising," says CIMA Executive Director Heather Ewing.

As for the space itself, it could be someone's living room -- someone with really good taste of course.

"We're not a traditional museum or gallery we want people to have the experience of being in their own home, a nice home obviously. Yeah a place where you're really living with the art and have a chance to spend a lot of time with it," says Ewing.

To make that possible, admission is by appointment only on Fridays and Saturdays. The cost is $10 and includes a guided tour.

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